My review of Ellington French Touch, the new album by Laurent Mignard and the Duke Orchestra (of Paris), is now online at PopMatters.com:
Duke Ellington dashed off a truckload of music in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, much more than was viable for contemporary commercial release. Despite numerous CD releases drawn posthumously from his ‘stockpile’, the Ellington oeuvre seems near inexhaustible. Ellington French Touch, a new concert recording by the formidable Duke Orchestra of Paris led by Laurent Mignard, collects Ellington’s French-inspired compositions, which conveniently include a wealth of unheard music. The album brings into focus the triumphant late period of jazz’s greatest composer.